Education buzzword dictionary for students and parents in the US
Each professional sector has its own buzzwords and education is no exception.
If you are a student or parent, you might not always be up-to-date with
the latest lingo. At
Tutor Doctor, we want to keep you in the loop so that you always know exactly what’s
School choice: This describes the institutions that are open for selection by a student
i.e. it’s the list of educational choices that the student qualifies
for. This vernacular extends to the political arena as politicians debate
the validity of
magnet schools, voucher systems, charter schools and student performance. Generally,
school choice is determined by your address, but parents may opt for one
of the other kinds of schools listed above or they may choose a private
school or home schooling.
Voucher System: The
voucher system is a certificate or tax credit issued by the government to parents for
assistance with private school or home school expenses when their child
does not attend the public school in their area.
Charter Schools: These are
schools that receive government funding, but are exempt from some of the standards,
regulations and statues that are applied to public schools. These are
generally only partially funded by state money and rely on private donations
to fulfill their financial needs.
Blended Learning: This is a combination of online courses and classroom education. Here students
can join some programs at a school or get a tutor. This means they are
able to reap the benefits of both online and classroom education models.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS): These are new educational benchmarks outlined by each state which will
be fully implemented by 2014. According to the website: “These standards
define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12
education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed
in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce
training programs.” The standards will be tested with a standardized
testing system. To date, 45 states and 3 territories have accepted the
here to see if your state is among those who have accepted the CCSS.
Flipped classes: This is a new way to teach where students learn the process at home, and
do their homework in class where the teacher can help to iron out any
misunderstandings. This method is most widely utilized with math, but
can be applied to other subjects as well. Students watch videos and online
demonstrations on how to solve a math problem. They can replay these as
many times as they need to in order to understand the methodology. Then
they do their homework in class where the teacher can help and explain
further if needs be.